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Corked by Cabernet (A Wine Lover's Mystery #5)

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Nikki Sands, manager of the Malveaux Estates in Napa Valley?and girlfriend of the owner?is blissfully happy. Until a guru's devotee is killed on the famous Napa Valley Wine train and ruins her peace of mind.
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley (first published January 3rd 2009)
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Nov 01, 2009 Roseann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Malveaux Estates manager Nikki Sands is caught up in murder...again. This time self-help guru Alan Sansi and his Source of Enlightened Elite (SEE) are having a retreat at the winery when one of his associates is found corked (literally) by some of Nikki's wine. With her boyfriend (and winery owner) Derek gone, Nikki has to work this one alone (albeit with some help from sexy detective Jonah Robinson). When another guest is found murdered in the same style, it's evident that someone staying at th ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
In the fifth installement of the series, we find Nikki organizing a retreat for guru Sansibaba and his followers - S.E.E. (Source of Enlightened Elite) the newest pet project of Simon and Marco. Derek is out of town for business. The first event Nikki finds the body of one of the members of S.E.E.. Detective Yummy, excuse, Robinson asks Nikki to keep her ears open, basically he asks for her help.

The book has the usual fast pace that I expect for a Michele Scott book. There's also the comic relie
Aug 10, 2009 WifeMomKnitter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was chosen to receive this book to review on

This was my first foray into Michele Scott's "Wine Lover's Mystery" series and I was not disappointed.

The novel takes place at the Malveaux Estate in Napa Valley. The main character, Nikki Sands, is the spunky manager of the vineyard's hotel and spa who, apparently, always seems to attract trouble. A new-age guru and his followers check into the hotel for a retreat and two of the members end up getting murder with a cork shoved in thei
Latest in the series...More of the same from author Scott...cute and cheeky Nikki is back in Napa and must play hostess to a New Age group that Simon and Marco have joined. Derek is stranded in New York, leaving Nikki to manage the winery on her own. On the first evening, one of the guests is found murdered, with a cork placed in his mouth. To make matters worse, his mistress is the next victim. In this installment, Nikki plays hostess, junior detective (this time WITH local police consent)and m ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading another in the series of wine lover's mysteries. This one took place on the Wine Train in Napa Valley, CA. This one has a guru who has come with his group of followers to a retreat and one is murdered on the wine train as is his companion. Takes a long time to locate the guilty party. Fun interaction between the m.c. and her staff.
Her live-in lover is away in NYC during snowstorm trying to put together a deal for the wines and a sponsor. Fun mystery with recipes at the end of sever
Fairly predictable mystery which takes place at a vineyard. In addition to the story, the author shares recipes and wine pairings. The author steps out of the story and speaks directly to the reader when talking about the recipes. It's disconcerting; they're not at the end of the book but interspersed in the story, so all of a sudden, the story's on hold while the author talks about her recipe. Thrift store purchase so I got my money's worth.
Oct 03, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first reading of a book from the Wine Lover's Mystery series and I really liked it. I thought the writing was well done. I especially liked the characters. Often when I read a series I get attached to the characters and look forward to the next book so I can see how they're doing. I could definitely see myself feeling that way about these guys, especially Simon and Marcus. I will be reading the series from the beginning.
It was a fun diversion - easy to read, good distraction. I'm glad the romance part has finally been worked out. I'd like Nikki to figure out who did it - and have them aprehended - before that person tries to kill her at least once in the series. I didn't get the same satisfaction from reading this as I did the others in the series -- not sure if this was my mood, or reading on my ebook (although so far I am loving the ebook), or if maybe this was just not my favorite story.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was my favorite of the entire series. I loved the locations, the characters and the recipes/wine pairings. You are introduced to the killer early on but it doesn't quite tie in until the ending.

The main characters give you satisfaction in that you have past issues resolved and yet you know there are more to come.

I hope this series continues and we have many more years with Nikki and company.

Michele Scott is a fine writer.
Jan 25, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good but maybe not as exciting as some of the others in the series. The guru Sansibaba and his "enlightened followers" come to the winery for a retreat that Nikki is in charge of. When they are on a trip on the wine train, one of the followers is found dead. The ending made me look forward to the next book in the series, which I hope is a little more exciting.
I love Michele Scott's Wine Country Mysteries for a quick Sunday read. Though her previous book, A Vintage Murder, was a letdown I've sort of grown fond of the characters and decided to go on and read Corked By Cabernet and she is back in good form. This series is printed as paperback originals so go ahead and indulge your lighter side. Recipes and wine pairings included!
This series is technically good but still falls a bit flat for some of the major characters - Simon and Marco are well done, some of the others are still not there. Some opportunities were missed to make the mystery more robust and involved and I felt there was more emphasis on food than wine for a wine series.
Peggy Lo
Jun 16, 2009 Peggy Lo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, food
Short and sweet with some doable recipes. It's exactly what it looks like, a short mystery that's a fun fluffy read. The book spent a lot more time onthe main characters and her friends and their relationships (whether the gay couple should adopt, whether her relationship with her boyfriend will grow stronger after they move in together) rather than the mystery.
Mar 05, 2015 Lise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, but I'm still looking for a good wine-oriented mystery series. Started out well, but then just dragged on. The story was a bit too contrived. Liked the detail about Napa. Fairly simplistic from the wine perspective.
Aug 10, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but now I plan to. It was a fun, light read with a good mystery. I associated with Nikki b/c I can be quite nosey! I would like to learn more about her relationship with Derek (so, I will start at the beginning), and I loved the ending!
Feb 25, 2013 VJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This book was okay. It didn't hold my interest as much as other books. There was a return to PG-13 bordering on R rated language in this one as well as the last. I'm really not a fan of the F-bomb. I can understand in a gritty police procedural but not a cozy mystery. It's uncalled for.
Started 12-06-10
Finished 12-14-10

This is the first book I've read by this author and I found it simple in style and had some humorous spots. I will look for others in this series as well as her 'horsy' set offerings and give her another chance.

Gail Richmond
Formulaic mystery with a touch of romance.
This one wasn't quite as good as the others. But I like the characters and will probably keep reading to see what happens to them.
Sarah Adamson
Nov 02, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Gentle cozy mystery set in a vineyard with a yoga guru thrown in. Reasonable story just not to my taste!
Apr 24, 2012 Eli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
This was the expected fare, but seemed a little lacking in the mystery part.
Sep 30, 2010 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An "okay" series. This is the 3rd book I've read in the series and I'm not really impressed.
Apr 07, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love the whodunit twist at the end of all Michele Scott's books. Entertaining.
Mar 27, 2016 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't a big fan of the whole guru stuff and didn't really care who the killer was in this book.
Jun 15, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! The romance aspect of it just adds to the great mystery.
Jul 14, 2012 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Quick. Fun to read.
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Michele grew up thirty minutes east of San Diego in an area called Jamul. It was out there in the country that her parents bought Michele’s first horse and she learned how to ride at five. At nine years old she knew she loved to write and one day wrote a short story that she showed to her dad. She’d written it on one of his legal pads. After he read it, he looked at her and said, “You are a writer ...more
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